Right from the beginning Chad Valley replaces the shakers with hand claps and strips the original from its prevalent bass. That said, once you hit play, you’ll agree that there isn’t one single thing missing from this version. At least that’s how it feels. Because the way it was constructed is nothing short of a well told story with its ups and down, beautiful balearic organ bridges that let the song breathe and the listener take in the lyrics without distractions. When this happens I find it such a nice subtle touch the way he wets Russ’ voice with some reverb as a way of foreshadowing that the song is about to pick up again without feeling surprising but rather natural. I also find it interesting how by no means is this rendition a banger yet you can’t avoid but to move along the catchy chorus paired with these hazy synths.
I must give credit to Russ Manning (which was Twin Shadow’s former bass player) on his new single out at the end of this month. He did a great job and I invite you to watch the official video which for me was like taking Eric Prydz’s Call On Me video, putting it through a Camera+ filter and running it at 60 frames per second. By the way, this doesn’t mean I didn’t like it, just the way I saw it. You be the judge (even though no one’s judging).
On another note I highly recommend watching out for singer, songwriter and remixer Hugo Manuel’s aka Chad Valley’s album Young Hunger. A full and free album stream is being hosted by Hype Machine in advance of the album’s official release and I must’ve fallen head over heels on the first listen with at least 80% of the songs in it. Especially his I Owe You single featuring Twin Shadow.